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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Dec 3, 2008 10:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Days Between

I've listened to "Days Between"a lot...many different versions, and this is my favorite:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1993-09-13.sbd.miller.34030.flac16

Nice, loud, clear vocals (no flubs...well maybe a little one) and the band is Swiss Watch Precise. Jerry seems very into it.

I always liked this song, although usually I don't venture beyond 1980. I assume Hunter wrote the words, but they seem to express Jerry's attitude towards the Dead and music in general at that time (early 90's)...so I think I'll go Essayist on y'all, if you'll indulge:

"There were days, and there were days
And there were days between
Summer flies and August dies
The world grows dark and mean"

The Summer of Love? Is this a reference to a 'darkening' of the Scene in the Touch-head era? (more security, bigger, rowdier and more unpredictable crowds, more gate crashing, sloppy camping, etc.) August dies? August West, perhaps? ;-)

"Comes the shimmer of the moon
On black infested trees
The singing man is at his song
The holy on their knees"

This could be a reference to Garcia himself, treated as a holy man by some of the more adulatory fans. If 'black infested trees' is a reference to the band itself, and it's lack of creativity in the final days, it's sure a bleak one...

"The reckless are out wrecking
The timid plead their pleas
No one knows much more of this
Than anyone can see
Anyone can see"

Jerry really spits out the word 'Timid' in the version I linked to above. This seems like some nice sounding Hunter gibberish here, but I'd like to hear someone else's take as well.

"There were days, and there were days
And there were days besides
When phantom ships with phantom sails
Set to sea on phantom tides
Comes the lightning of the sun
On bright unfocused eyes"

I think this is a ref. to the glory days of drug-induced hallucinations. It also may be a reference to the 'journey' your imagination goes on during, let's say, a long "Playin'' jam from '73... :)

"The blue of yet another day
A springtime wet with sighs
A hopeful candle lingers
In the land of lullabies
Where headless horsemen vanish
With wild and lonely cries
Lonely cries"

Might be a verse about the fans, and their 'hopeful candles' keeping The Scene alive, even though the music had become erratic or a shadow of it's former self (sorry, 90's fans, no offense intended).

"There were days, and there were days
And there were days I know
When all we ever wanted
Was to learn and love and grow
Once we grew into our shoes
We told them where to go
Walked halfway around the world
On promise of the glow
Stood upon a mountain top
Walked barefoot in the snow
Gave the best we had to give
How much we'll never know
We'll never know"

This is the meat of the song, IMO. Talk about disillusionment with the band, music, life, hope, whew!....this is a dark song, folks, and this is it's anthracite heart.

"There were days, and there were days
And there were days between
Polished like a golden bowl
The finest ever seen
Hearts of Summer held in trust
Still tender young and green
Left on shelves collecting dust
Not knowing what they mean
Valentines of flesh and blood
As soft as velveteen
Hoping love would not forsake
The days that lie between
Lie between"

I think this is some rose-colored nostalgia about the guys when they were young. "This was all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago."

Sorry to go on, but no one was really responding to Sky's thread, and I'd been thinking about the meaning of "Days Between" for awhile now. Let's hear some other views, if poss... :) Thanks for the eye-time...


This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2008-12-04 06:47:12

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Poster: roughyed85 Date: Dec 4, 2008 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Days Between

Virtually every line refers to a GD song. I think you've nailed it with August West dies. It's Jerry who sings, "My name is August West..."

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Dec 4, 2008 6:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Days Between

I followed yer advice and dove straight into the song with which i was unfamiliar. Heartbreaking. thankfully it was followed by Good Lovin. I had to cheer myself up with Leon Redbone's Polly wolly doodle. Been followin this forum for about a year and am grateful to you all .

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Dec 4, 2008 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Days Between

I don't think it's a comment on the band at all. In fact I'd bet my life on it. I think the song was written in '92 and first performed in '93 when Garcia was very plainly into the GD. There are also several stories about Garcia in the US Senate dining room excitedly describing the song to Sen. Barbara Boxer.

I think the song is purely art, describing the changing of the seasons and life's progression or something along those lines.

But yours is an interesting, all be it pessimistic, thought.